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1cold turkey

noun

: the act of stopping a bad habit (such as taking drugs) in a sudden and complete way

Full Definition of COLD TURKEY

1
:  abrupt complete cessation of the use of an addictive drug; also :  the symptoms experienced by a person undergoing withdrawal from a drug
2
:  unrelieved blunt language or procedure
3
:  a cold aloof person
cold–turkey transitive verb

Examples of COLD TURKEY

  1. I tried lots of ways to stop smoking, even cold turkey.
  2. <my new boss is a cold turkey and definitely not one for chitchat>

First Known Use of COLD TURKEY

1921

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Rhymes with COLD TURKEY

2cold turkey

adverb

Definition of COLD TURKEY

:  all at once :  abruptly: as
a :  without a period of gradual adjustment, adaptation, or withdrawal <quit smoking cold turkey>
b :  without preparation <a new player who started the season cold turkey>

First Known Use of COLD TURKEY

1941

cold turkey

noun cold tur·key \-ˈtər-kē\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of COLD TURKEY

:  abrupt complete cessation of the use of an addictive drug; also :  the symptoms experienced by one undergoing withdrawal from a drug
cold turkey adverb or transitive verb

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